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Interview With Trained Classical Vocalist Amritha

Interview With Trained Classical Vocalist Amritha

Amritha is a trained classical vocalist who started learning Indian classical music as a young child and has pursued her love story with music ever since. At the core of her work is the belief that music truly is a pathway to the Soul, to bridge our differences. Amritha’s music fuses her passion for India with her love for old-school jazz and soul while experimenting with music styles from across the world – her genre? Indian//Vintage Soul. Her end goal? To bring the world closer and transcend borders with the soul of music.

Tell us about yourself…
My name is Amritha. I was born in Chennai, grew up in Australia and studies in the US. I am a singer-songwriter and I fuse my South Indian classical roots with my love for soul and jazz to create songs that represent my bicultural identity. I also use my music to comment on the issues closest to my heart – gender equality, representation, and self-love.

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Look Amma, I'm on Spotify!! 💗💪🏽✨😘 . SoulTribe – DESERVE ME is now available on Spotify, Apple Music and all major streaming platforms! . So head on over and have a listen ❤️ . And if you haven't watched the video yet, check it out at the link in my bio! ✨✨✨ . . Love you! . Photo and videography: @dioscuriphotography Makeup: @makeupbypiru @kaurcolours @maharaasidiaries_ @thurjah Saree tying: @maharaasidiaries_ Jewellery: @taurshop Featured here: @staraworld @suvekchhyaranjit Simin . . @taniya_ek . . #deserveme #Amrithashakti #rnbartist #rnbonly #rnbsoul #indowesternwear #tamilgirl #tamilgirls #indianwoman #sareelover #sarinotsorry #sareenotsorry #southasian #southasianblogger #southasianstyle #indocanadian #newmusic2019 #sidsriram #rajakumari #representationmatters #firstgeneration #browngirlmagic

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How did you get in music? How did you discover that you had a talent for singing?
Even though they had immigrated to Australia, my family loved and celebrated South Indian culture and the arts at home. I used to come home from school to hear Yesudas and MS Subbulakshmi playing on the stereo, or I’d join my Mother and watch 80s Tamil music videos on the television in the evenings. These moments shaped me deeply. I started singing when I was just 4 years old – and have been singing ever since! My Mother taught me Carnatic music, and I then taught myself how to sing Bollywood songs like Alka Yagnik (she’s still one of my favorite singers of all time!). Over time, I discovered soul and jazz and eventually fell in love with trying to merge these two worlds of East and West in my own music.

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Just as I'm falling in love with Penang, it's almost time to leave ❤ Tbh, I don’t know what HOME is anymore – the more I travel, the more I reflect, the more I get to know myself – the more it seems like I’m just wandering around and I pick up pieces of home from each new place I visit. A part of me LOVES it, a part of me is like – "do you think we need to choose a place soon?" . Do y'all ever feel this way too? . Also only 8 days left until #DeserveMe ❤️💕🌸✨🌸🌺🌷 are you excited!??! . . Photo: @callmeedo 😘 . #womenofcolor #solofemaletraveler #selflovecoach #selflove❤ #selflovefirst #selfloveiskey #solofemaletravel #selflovewarrior #womenwhorunwiththewolves #amrithashakti #solotravelers #womenofcolour #browngirlmagic #browngirlswhoblog #southasia #southasian #southasianblogger #southasianbloggers #womenwhoadventure

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Who is your inspiration?
There are so many people I truly look up to! But I’m going to say, anyone who puts social change and impact at the center of their workpeople like Jameela Jamil, Janelle Monae, India Arie, Beyonce, Solange Knowles, Sonam Kapoor, etc.

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✨The last week was full of beautiful creative and FLOW moments as we filmed 3 videos for my upcoming album 'The Process' – and I just wanted to take a moment to thank all the magical people I worked with last week – starting with @chhavi.makeup who did this incredible look – and more. . Go follow this young talented makeup artist – she's just a pleasure to work with and so insanely talented 💗🌸💕🌷🌺✨ . . #womenofcolor #womenofcolour #behindthescenes #selflove❤ #wingedeye #oldschoolvibes #eyemakeuptutorial #creativepreneur #singersongwriters #amrithashakti #indiangirl #womenofcolour #browngirlmagic #browngirlswhoblog #southasia #southasian #southasianblogger #southasianbloggers #austinmusic #lamusic #newyorkmusic #aussiemusic #rnbsinger #rnbmusicvideos #rnbartist #soulsingers #browngirlbeauty #brownskinwomen #brownskinpoppin

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Who are your favorite singers?
I love my 90s Bollywood and Tamil music! So I’m going to say, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, and SPB; followed by Sid Sriram, Rajakumari and Shashaa Tirupati more recently. On the Western side, I love Solange Knowles, Norah Jones, Erykah Badu, and India Arie, and I am probably most influenced by their music.

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"I'd rather agree than upset you" . This one is actually hard for me to post about.👇🏽 . There's SO much I have wanted to say over the years. "No." "Respect my boundaries". "I don't want to do that". "I disagree and I'm not sorry". "That's disrespectful and you can't say that to me." . But I've always sugarcoated, been so afraid of people walking away, so wanted to avoid conflict. To the point where I've put my voice last, my truth in the backseat – and let others' needs take precedence over mine. . Last week I went to an NLP/mind reprogramming session – and one of the biggest things that came up, was that I'm tired. . I'm TIRED of not saying what I really want to say, and of BITING my lip to keep the peace. . Ever since, I've been pushing myself to be lovingly HONEST with those in my life. . You know what else is amazing? Music and this album I am working on, are my WAY of expression myself unapologetically. . And this album has helped me become more authentic, more vocal. . Isn't it crazy how everything links to everything else? . Do you resonate with this SoulTribe? If so, let me know in the comments below! x👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽 . Day 6 of #100daysofselflove . . #womenofcolor #selflovery #selflovecoach #selflove❤ #selflovefirst #selfloveiskey #selflovechallenge #selflovewarrior #healinglight #amrithashakti #womenhelpingwomen #womenofcolour #browngirlmagic #browngirlswhoblog #southasia #southasian #southasianblogger #southasianbloggers #musicthatheals . . Photo – @project21photography and @kapturesbyk Jewellery- @taurshop Makeup – @maharaasidiaries_

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Tell us about your recent projects…

I started writing my first ever original music album around 1.5 years ago – the album is called ‘The Process’ – it explores my experience being a first-generation Indian-Australian woman and my journey to self-love. I’ve just released the first song from the album, called ‘Deserve Me’. I wrote ‘Deserve Me’ basically to be a self-love anthem for women of color/ South Asian girls. We often face so much pressure from both our Asian cultures and communities and also as a person of color in the Western world. These pressures deeply affected my own sense of self-worth growing up – it affected how I felt about my looks, my career choices, my relationship choices, etc. The pressure is real, and we never talk about it. This song is basically celebrating the moment when I decided to say “No” to all the pressure, and confidently follow my own path in life. Some of the lyrics in the song include:

“Lately I’ve been feeling a bit more content within my skin,
And lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m unlearning all the lies that I believed.
Finally looking in the mirror and I don’t feel like I need to change a thing,
Day by day I’m learning that I am enough,
Just the way I am.”

For the music video, we wanted to make it all about representation – we had an all-South Asian team, and the video features over 23 South Asian women of Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Bangladeshi descent, each one of them owning their power on-screen in a way that we’ve never seen before. We hope this song and video inspires South Asian women everywhere to feel amazing about who they are, and feel empowered to make whatever choices they want to make in their lives and be proud of it!

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Hey SoulTribe! So, solo-tripping and being alone for the last 2 weeks forced me to face some harsh truths: . 🌸I realised that my INNER CRITIC voice is a leftover from depression – and it has gotten stronger in the last couple of months, because I'm not sticking to my meditation & healing routines. . 🌸I realised there's a SENSE OF PURPOSE that feels missing from my life – and the last few months, I was filling my days with activities to avoid addressing this feeling. . 🌸 I realised I was treating life like a COMPETITION. And I didn't even know it – until the comparison game started a few weeks ago. . So I have a lot of inner work to do – but I guess that's okay. Because I've also realised that healing and recovery are always worth it. Always.💗 . I plan to share pretty much all the details of this journey to self love and healing with you – so thank you SoulTribe for listening and here's to healing together 💗🌸💕🌺✨ . . . PC: @tanushreesingh86 ✨ . #woc #browngirlmagic #browngirls #browngirl #southasian #southasianblogger #selflovethread #selfloveclub #thefutureisfemale #powerfulwomen #lamusic #lamusicscene #aussiemusic #amrithashakti #britishasian #indocanadian #solotravel #womenofcolor #representationmatters #womensupportwomen #selflovetips #empoweredwomenempowerwomen

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Do you have a mentor?
I have a group of people in my life who guide me for sure – I work with a life coach, I have a group of friends who advise me about life and social media, and I have a vocal coach. I don’t specifically have a mentor – but that’s definitely something I’d love!

Who is your inspiration behind the song?
I’d my inspiration is my younger self. As a little girl and as I grew up, there were so many things that were taught to me about how I should behave, how I should live life, what makes me worthy, etc. Those messages made my journey to self-love so difficult. So my inspiration is other little girls and making sure that they don’t have to go through the same challenges that I did growing up.

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They taught us that we had to PROVE our worth by what we do and what we have. . It is now time for us to teach ourselves – that we are ENOUGH just as we are. 💗 . Put your hand on your heart now and say it over and over – "I am good enough, I am good enough, I AM good enough for me". . I love you SoulTribe 🌸 . . #browngirlmagic #browngirls #browngirl #southasian #southasianblogger #selflovethread #selfloveclub #thefutureisfemale #powerfulwomen #lamusic #lamusicscene #aussiemusic #amrithashakti #loveyourself #indocanadian #selflovematters #selflovery #selflovejourney #womensupportwomen #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #selflovethread #selflovequotes #soultribe #healyoursoul #youareenough

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Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
I’d love to keep writing music that has a strong social message, and I’d love to be able to contribute my work towards causes and organizations that I’m passionate about, who are really changing things for girls and young women.

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SO SO excited to share a new collaboration with you in the next week SoulTribe! The photoshoot is something @brazenlybrown and I have always wanted to do and we're so excited to finally have his opportunity- THANKS TO the lovely: . 🌸Models – @harinilabs @brazenlybrown @injibiscuit @aishwaryarao . 🌸Jewellery – @taurshop (the one and only!) 🌸Makeup – @maharaasidiaries_ . 🌸Photography – @project21photography . Watch this space! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 Sending you vibes of love and contentment today 🙏🏽✨✨✨✨💗💗💗🌸🌺💕🌷💪🏽 . . #amrithashakti #browngirlmagic #soulsinger #soulsingers #soulcover #punjabians #amrithashakti #thefutureisfemale #powerfulwomen #fempowered #lamusic #aussiemusic #newyorkmusic #indianweddingbuzz #britishasian #southasian #southasianblogger #southasianbloggers #indowestern #indowesternstyle #indowesternwear #indianjewellery #desigirlswag

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